Another quick note about our new Southern sister, Clapham Indies is moving location this month to The Bank on Northcoate Road in Battersea. The hope is this will become the “new regular” for the Third Wednesday of the Month Club. It all kicks off on Wednesday the 16th April from 6.30pm. More details on the Meetup page.
Pecha Kucha What?!
Pecha Kucha is a style of presentations where each speaker gets 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide. You will be enlightened in under 7 minutes and it is going to happen 12 times in one night! The confirmed speakers for the inaugural night are:
- Alan Zucconi
- Dave Evans
- Vegard Myklebust
- Richard Hoffmann
- Tom Flynn
- Nicoll Hunt
- Jake Birkett
- Cat Burton
- Gareth Briggs
- James Coote
- Joe Bain
- Holly Gramazio
Obviously there is a games theme, but the talks promise to range from the “intricacies of M. Bison’s moves in Street Fighter IV to what can be done to get more women involved in game development.” There you have it.
It’s all going down at the London Game Space at Scenario Bar in Dalston. The night kicks off at 7pm and will no doubt be a foot-stomping success. So come along, bring your friends, witness the explosion of elucidation.
More details are on the Meetup page.
The London Game Space had been up and running in for about a month now and events are already starting to happen there. A few weeks ago there was a Flappy Bird Jam, and back in February there was a Table Top Game Jam. Now, in just over a week, is the first MULTICLASH, a night dedicated to multiplayer video games.
The idea is for local devs to bring along local multiplayer games that they have made, either released, or in development. Then we all play them and drink some beers and have a right old time. If you have a game you want to bring along, tweet @DanMurdochMusic or @LondonGameSpace
The London HTML5 game developers are getting “back to their roots” with a good old pub night. I’ve been to one of their presentation nights last year and it was a great set of talks followed by a great set of chats in the pub.
If you’re interested in web games then go along and learn some more, you might get to play some demos too and you’ll certainly get to drink some beer. More details are on the Meetup page. See you there.
Over at UCL they are planning a Persuasive Games competition. If you are currently a student, at any university, and are interested in furthering the advancement of knowledge and possibly winning £1000 then take a look and get involved.
Registration is open now and closes on Jan 24th and the competition itself runs from Feb 1st to April 5th. Entries should get people to consider the causes of human error, and its roots in complex systems. From the website:
The main goal of the competition is to produce a game that can raise awareness of blame culture and get players to reflect on how individuals are blamed even when the wider system is at fault.
This Friday, at Camden People’s Theatre and as part of their Festival of Feminism, videogames will meet performance art with Beta Public. The night is a mix of performance and talks, curated by two men: the ineffable Thomas Martin and the remarkable Pat Ashe.
Having seen and enjoyed Pat’s An Oasis In Five Parts and Several Remarkable Things About Tetris (1984) last year, I am piqued by this event. The Tetris show was a mixture of story-driven gaming and frustrating puzzle, where Pat read out several interesting things about the game as long as the player, a member of the audience, didn’t lose. I learned how annoying it is to see someone lose after 10 minutes, knowing that I’m going to have to sit through 10 minutes now of the same facts while the next challenger competes. I learned that I’m quite happy to do that, probably thanks to badly designed videogames and a patient childhood. I also learned that Terry Cavanagh, as well as being a modern games design hero, is pretty good at Tetris, and happily managed to draw Pat’s entire cache of facts, without losing.
What will you learn at this event? Lot’s, I’m sure. The show is on the 8th November at 7.30pm, tickets are £10.
In line with their growing indie outreach efforts, Sony are running an open invite developer event on the 7th and 8th of October. Prospective developers can learn all about getting their games on PS Vita and PS4. There will be talks from various Sony bods including developer relations account manager Agostino Simonetta and 3rd party relations VP Michael Pattison. The latter had this to say:
We are excited to be opening our doors to developers who are interested in exploring PlayStation development and what its like to work with us.
The event takes place at Sony’s offices in Soho and you need to email DeveloperEvents@scee.net in order to grab one of the 45 places available on each day. More similar events are apparently planned for next year too, in case you can’t get to one of these.
This weekend is Eurogamer Expo weekend. A big event in the UK games scene, with big publishers as well as small independents showing their wares. This year as in previous years, David Hayward will be running the Indie Arcade, a little island of small-budget wonder amongst all the AAA explosions.
Unfortunately tickets are completely sold out, so unless you already have one you’ll have to just imagine what it could have been like. There are some great games on show, from London and further afield. The full list is here, but my London-based highlights are Fist of Awesome by Nicol Hunt and Myriad by Erland Grefsrud, the latter I have been dying to play for a while. Sadly I don’t have a ticket either
For those of you in the same boat as me, Loading Bar in Soho (inside Madd, address here) are running an alternative event to coincide with the big Expo. They ran a similar thing when E3 was on (EToo), which was by all accounts a crowded success. If you fancy heading along and checking out some local indie game splendour, the event, run by Indie Haven, is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings this week (26th-29th September).
Games are still being announced, so check back at Indie Haven for the full list of what will be on show.